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“The Killing Floor is a truly compelling, blistering, and vital historical document.” 

Jen Johans, Film Intuition 

Praised by The New Yorker as "a revelatory historical drama" and by The Village Voice as the most “clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,” THE KILLING FLOOR (1984/1985) is the first feature film directed by Bill Duke and explores a little-known true story of an African American migrant in his struggle to help build an interracial union in the Chicago Stockyards. The screenplay by Obie Award-winner Leslie Lee is from an original story by producer Elsa Rassbach and is based on actual characters and events, tracing ethnic and class conflicts seething in the city’s giant slaughterhouses, when management efforts to divide the workforce fuel racial tensions that erupt in the deadly Chicago Race Riot of 1919.

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CAST

"Frank Custer“ ……………………………..

Mattie ………………………………………...

"Austin 'Heavy' Williams ……………...

Bremer“………………………………………..

"Thomas Joshua ………………………….

CREW

"Frank Custer“ ……………………………..

DAMIEN LEAKE

Mattie ………………………………………...

ALFRE WOODARD

"Austin 'Heavy' Williams ……………...

MOSES GUNN

Bremer“………………………………………..

CLARENCE FELDER

"Thomas Joshua ………………………….

ERNEST RAYFORD

 

Making of

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Read the Interview with co-writer Elsa Rassbach by Michael Glover Smith, Timeout >>

Read the Interview with Director Bill Duke by Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest >>

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